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PhD Opportunity

 | Published on 4/30/2021

Social practices of oral health in Australian preschool children


We are delighted to be seeking a PhD candidate and offer a scholarship to work as an important member of our international multidisciplinary team on our ARC funded research project Social practices of oral health in Australian preschool children. It would be of interest to those keen to develop qualitative skills and innovative thinking in child health, oral health, nutrition and/or public health/prevention. Poor oral health is one of the most common and costly diseases of early childhood impacting across the life-course leading to pain, infections, lost productivity, delayed growth and cognitive development by interfering with nutrition, concentration and school participation. The successful candidate will work closely with families and key stakeholders to understand oral health in relation to “social practices”. This moves away from focusing on individual behaviour change and the risk of blame for non-compliance, to look at social practices as the unit of analysis.

This is an important opportunity to explore new thinking about prevention, new opportunities in public health and improving oral health outcomes and builds on our award-winning previous work in this area.

Applications close 20/05/2021

For further information, click here or contact Professor Linda Slack-Smith Linda.Slack-Smith@uwa.edu.au (08) 64884505